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Tech Israel report shows biased editorial policy

To the Editor:

Andrew L. Fish's three-piece article on Israel evidenced both poor journalistic method and The Tech's insupportable editorial policy. To call it a report, as The Tech did, is both absurd and misleading. A report is a collection of facts and figures deduced from investigation. Fish produced a pamphlet.

Although we are not made aware of the details of Fish's trip, it is apparent from both the admitted sponsorship of the World Zionist Organization and the quotes in his article that Fish was participating in one of Israel's many propaganda campaigns. That The Tech did not acknowledge this is sad.

The Tech indiscriminately printed statements from Israeli President Chaim Herzog, members of the Israel Defense Force and the Foreign Ministry, and the head of the WZO's Information Office. This in itself is not deplorable. However, nowhere is there any commentary on how lopsided these views are, or given this article, how ironic quotes such as "But he, and most Israeli officials I spoke with, did not believe there was an active bias in the Western media [against Israel]" really are. Interspersed throughout the article are many lies and misinterpretations, likely taken directly from Israeli documents or press releases, but written by Fish as fact. Were this article headed as an editorial, it would be of questionable value. Made to look like a piece of serious journalism, it is a transgression.

The Tech has no business printing personal or particularly nationalistic opinions without stating them as such. MIT students should not accept such low standards of journalism. Even given the extraordinarily one-sided view of Israel found in the United States, Fish's article is untenable.

Carl G. de Marcken '90->